Deciding to put myisleofwight’s claim, that the Island has more attractions than any family can do in a week, I took the family off for some intensive attraction-ing.
So our whirlwind tour first and foremost took in Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine (in the pouring rain – where every available Princess castle, mushroom house and fairy archway was occupied by a shivering soaking adult!). Both a total hit for everyone, regardless of the weather.
Then there was the new Owl and Monkey Haven – all very new and sparkly and with some very entertaining residents. The girls particularly loved the outdoor play area. Then going a bit further back in time, Dinosaur Isle, which was totally fascinating for me to fully see how many historic finds there have been on our beach at Brook! The girls enjoyed the interactive aspects but I think a return visit when they are a bit older is definitely in order for them to really get the whole dinosaur Island angle.
However they totally adored Seaview Wildlife Encounter – with so many different birds and animals (they loved the wallabies) to see and feed – it really was hands on.
And at this point the Wife and I were so tired we never wanted to venture out again and we still hadn’t even scratched the surface of the huge list of attractions the Island has to offer.
I was surprised to find that actually it is totally exhausting to try and do one or two attractions a day for a whole week! Throwing in the towel, it was with great relief that we admitted defeat and decided to save the other attractions for special treats throughout the year!
So a valuable lesson learn’t – to properly take in the Island attraction scene you need to come and visit here at least three times… its official!
Master Mariners fave attraction: Robin Hill
The Wife’s fave attraction: Chessell Pottery
The Girls fave attraction: Blackgang Chine